The following three books that I am going to post (they will be 3 separate posts as recommended by DJ Cayenne) were my vacation reads last week in Acapulco. I make this commentary because my review should be taken within this context: if you are looking for quick, enjoyable reads with margaritas in hand – these books are for you. They are not literary masterpieces but they certainly met my goals of mindless r&r.
The story revolves around Alessandra Cecchi, a brilliant young girl who dreams of being an artist but is forced into the role of being a docile girl of a wealthy family who is married off to a much older man. Since this book is historical fiction – the storyline encompasses all the great artists of the time as well as the powerful priest, Savonarola, who was responsible for bringing about the downfall of the Medici family and changing the entire Florentine culture from one of beauty, luxury and wealth to one that was ruled by conservative thought and the religious right (hmmm……nothing has changed in 500 years). The characters are predictable but the author created enough of a connection that I was cheering for the good guys to overcome in the end. I would probably describe this as somewhat of a “chick” book but for anyone that likes historical fiction with some romance and intrigue – this book delivers.